Kewtie razor

Description (Brief)
A woman's miniature double-sided razor, the Kewtie brand. The handle is cream celluloid, as is the case. The Kewtie was made by Lapin Products Inc., of New York City. A small woman's razor such as this would likely have been used for shaving the underarm. The fashion of removing underarm hair began around 1915 with the introduction of sleeveless or sheer-sleeved dresses.
Source: "'Kewtie' Woman's Razor."Wisconsin Historical Society website, June 7, 2007 http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/museum/artifacts/archives/002862.asp
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
razor
date made
ca 1930
Physical Description
cellulose nitrate (handle and case material)
steel (razor material)
Measurements
overall: 1.5 cm x 3 cm x 1.5 cm; 9/16 in x 1 3/16 in x 9/16 in
ID Number
2006.0098.1599
catalog number
2006.0098.1599
accession number
2006.0098
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Medicine and Science: Chemistry
Celluloid
Domestic Furnishings
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

Comments

"I own one of these in the original box. Mine is blue. It came with tiny replacement razor blades and was used for women's underarms and other sensitive areas. It was one of the first razors specifically marketed for women. That's the reason it came in attractive colors like cream, blue and pink."

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